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View Poll Results: What is your primary picking style?

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  • Fingerpicking good!

    50 25.64%
  • Plectrum/pick

    106 54.36%
  • Hybrid country style

    29 14.87%
  • My thumb

    10 5.13%
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  1. #51

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    If I remember to take my pick out of my back pocket before I sit down I use a pick, otherwise I just use my hand. I'll strum scales and line exercises with my thumb only but when I pluck chords or actually okay my fingers join in on the fun.

    In my opinion, it's best to be adaptable. You probably aren't going to be the next Johnny Smith (pick only), Wes Montgomery (thumb), or Joe Pass(fingerstyle), so best to steal what you can from all of them.

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  3. #52

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    Classical.
    Play live . . . Marinero

  4. #53

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    I have two primary picking methods; both are a little more specific than “fingerstyle” or “plectrum”.

    For solo guitar, I use a fingerstyle approach, but have settled on a no-nails approach with a hand position more like a lutenist than a classical guitarist. I use this for any type of polyphonic classical music and jazz and pop solo guitar and was introduced to this approach in the way I use it now by Rob MacKillop.

    Technique | rmclassicalguitar

    For single line work, monophonic classical pieces (violin, flute, etc) and ensemble jazz and pop, I use a pick - a fairly stiff rounded triangle “mandolin” shape - held at a slight angle to the plane of the string. I use what is called “economy” picking, downstrokes when changing strings towards the earth, upstrokes when moving towards the sky, alternate picking for notes on the same string. I was most influenced in the approach by Jimmy Bruno’s book “The Art of Picking”.

    https://www.amazon.com/Mel-Bay-Picki.../dp/0786672196

  5. #54

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    primarily I use thumb for single lines and fingerstyle for chords.

    I also often use pick for both chords and singles lines (more speed) and thumb for chords but I rarely do single lines with the "non-thumb" fingers like classical guitarists.

  6. #55

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    So, what a difference a day makes! Since I play in several genres(Classical/Jazz/R@B), I'm finding that as I've recently increased my play time on my Gibson, it's ruining my nails for Classical Guitar so I'm back to the pick. Also, my Gibson is a "skinny neck" and I have large, plumbers hands so the spacing of the strings is not comfortable unless I play strictly on the tips of my nails which produces a weak, thin sound.
    Marinero

  7. #56

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    I like using fingers. Not mine, somebody else’s.

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  8. #57

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop
    I like using fingers. Not mine, somebody else’s.

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    Hi, G,
    Been working in the garden again?
    Marinero

  9. #58

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    I only use the best, i.e. mummified pharaonic digits from the 18th Dynasty.

    Expensive, but worth it for the tonal difference.

  10. #59

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop
    I only use the best, i.e. mummified pharaonic digits from the 18th Dynasty.

    Expensive, but worth it for the tonal difference.
    Hi, G,
    Is that what you told the police???????
    Marinero

  11. #60

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    I gave them the finger and they went away.

  12. #61

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop
    I gave them the finger and they went away.
    Hmmm . . . that's a hard one to top . . . double entendre to boot!
    Marinero

  13. #62

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    I am mostly using the Black Mountain hybrid thumb pick now, having played fingerstyle with a thumbpick in my youth, then hybrid for most of my life, probably about 55 years of playing. But as the person who introduced this topic said, having use of the index finger on the right hand for plucking makes a huge difference. The Black Mountain pick is pretty good, not ideal. I had tried similar systems before, Dunlop Bumblebees (awful) and a strap contraption from a guy with a company called "Strum & Comfort." The Black Mountain pick uses a spring. It's pretty stable, not completely stable. I can't make it work very well for strumming yet, maybe there's a way to do it by adjusting the hand angle, but I have not figured it out, and I'm not yet as good at using the flatpick as I am with a real flatpick held with thumb and index. But I have the feeling that I can probably get as good, I've been doing this for six months or so. I think it works really well generally for the walking bass plus chords style, pure thumb would be better (see, among others, Adam Rafferty), but I'm OK with the tone of the flatpick, and there are things one can do in the bass more easily with a pick, it's too late for me to become Wes Montgomery, and I'm not sure even Wes could do some of the things I do in the bass with the pick. I've been using the same Black Mountain pick for quite a while, several months, and I think the spring is wearing out. Yesterday, something flipped or clicked while I was practicing. I started with their standard pick, then switched to the jazz pick. Their flatpicks are nice, 1.5 mm, I like them.

    So I'm interested to know what crossover pick you are using. I thought I had tried everything and found the best, though not ideal solution.

    At this stage, I'm not giving up on hybrid picking entirely, for that I use a sarod pick with a thumb dimple, John Pearse, the brand is a boutique brand, it's pretty thick, I would use that technique for parts that involved strumming that I don't want to do, or cannot do, with my fingers. And if I wanted to play really fast lines, I would probably still stick with a standard pick, but for most of what I actually play now, I prefer to use the crossover thumb pick and am trying to master that.

  14. #63

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    It depends on the guitar.

  15. #64

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    Pick where ever possible, hybrid when its chords that need u to miss out a string. Reason? Because I'm sh1t at playing such chords as the books tell u, I.e. by muting the missed out string. I find it easier to completely avoid that string than to hit it but mute it.

  16. #65

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    I like to use small cucumbers with lots of dill, but not too much. I don't want to crowd the jar. I might add some pearl onions, but mostly that's just for looks.

  17. #66

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    This week, I have mostly been playing clawhammer.